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Livestrong program helps cancer patients get mind, body fit

Cancer survivors, from left, Mary Shimp, Scott Baker, Richard Skrika and Carol Gundersen listen to orders being yelled out by coach Lisa Ippolitto, foreground left, during exercise in the Livestrong program at the Saratoga Regional YMCA.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Cancer survivors, from left, Mary Shimp, Scott Baker, Richard Skrika and Carol Gundersen listen to orders being yelled out by coach Lisa Ippolitto, foreground left, during exercise in the Livestrong program at the Saratoga Regional YMCA.
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When Scott Baker heard Livestrong at the YMCA was starting up in Saratoga Springs, he couldn’t wait to sign up. He hopped into his car in East Greenbush and drove right to the Saratoga Regional YMCA. “I’m a wreck. I need this program,” he told the YMCA. Baker was recovering from yet another stem cell transplant for brain cancer. Thin and weak, the 43-year-old weightlifter and self-described “diet and exercise nut” had lost more than ...


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